There's an exciting world of patio shades to spice up your outdoor life. A patio table is just incomplete without the cool shade from an umbrella. The noble umbrella completes the patio scene, helping to give you respite from the harsh sun. It's important to know that your choice of umbrellas isn't limited to the cheap unit that came with your table.
Many patio tables have mounting holes of standard sizes to place any umbrella of your choosing. Just be sure to choose one that will have enough coverage for your table. You may find it helpful to choose an umbrella with a tilting head, which can be adjustable depending on the angle of the sun.
Even if your table isn't compatible, stand-alone umbrellas are available that have built in bases and even craning necks to provide shade for any area.